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Background information
Birth nameLior Attar
BornRishon LeZion, Israel
Years active2004–present

Lior Attar, better known simply as Lior,[1] is an independent Australian singer-songwriter based in Melbourne.

Personal life and education[edit]

Lior was born in Rishon LeZion, Israel and he and his family moved to Sydney when he was 10,[2][3] they made their first Australian home in Lane Cove, and Lior studied at Killara High School and the University of New South Wales.[4]

Lior moved to Melbourne from Sydney in 2007.[5]


In early 2005, Lior self-released his debut album Autumn Flow,[6] certified gold by ARIA, it also garnered three ARIA Award nominations in the 2005 ARIA Music Awards: Best Breakthrough Artist, Best Male Artist, and Best Independent Release.[7] The album was one of the fifteen nominees for radio station triple j's inaugural J Award,[8] given to "an album of outstanding achievement as an Australian musical work of art – for its creativity, innovation, musicianship and contribution to Australian music," which went to Wolfmother.[9] Autumn Flow has since gone on to become one of the most successful independent debut releases in Australian music history.[citation needed] In June 2015, Autumn Flow was re-released as a tenth anniversary edition.[10]

Lior released his second album in February 2008, Corner of an Endless Road; again an independent release; the album debuted at number 2 on the ARIA Australian albums chart and was nominated for the Best Independent Release in the 2008 ARIA Music Awards.[11] His third studio album Tumbling into the Dawn was released in 2010; the European compilation album 3-2-1 followed in 2011. Lior released his fourth studio album Scattered Reflections in 2014, he featured on Passenger's 2010 album, 'Flight of the Crow', on the track 'Rivers'. Lior released his fifth studio album 'Between You and Me' in 2018.

In 2013, together with Nigel Westlake, Lior wrote "Compassion" - an orchestral song cycle for voice and orchestra consisting of ancient Hebrew and Arabic texts centred around the idea of compassion. "Compassion" premiered with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House in September 2013. This performance was recorded and the album of "Compassion" went to #1 on the ARIA Classical and Classical Crossover chart and won the 2014 ARIA Award for Best Classical Album. Lior premiered 'Compassion' in the US with the Austin Symphony Orchestra in 2016 and was subsequently awarded the Austin Table Critics' Award for 'Best Symphonic Performance of 2015-16'.

Lior also composed and recorded a song, entitled "Hoot's Lullaby", commissioned for the ABC children's television show, Giggle and Hoot.[12][13] In 2012 his song Hey Hootabelle, written and recorded for Giggle & Hoot, won the APRA|AGSC Screen Music Award for Best Original Song Composed for Screen.[14]

In 2018 Lior was awarded a Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Music in recognition of outstanding achievements and services to Australian music. In 2019 Lior was awarded the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowhsip awarded to artists who display exceptional talent and outstanding courage in their field.[citation needed]

Live performances[edit]

Lior has toured with the WOMAD festival in 2005 to the UK, Singapore and Korea. Lior also performed at the Spiegeltent throughout the world, and the Make Poverty History concerts in Australia.

In February 2006, Lior released a live album, Doorways of My Mind – Live at the NSC; this recording consisted mostly of versions of tracks from Autumn Flow as well as some new material such as 'Diego and the Village Girl', a traditional prayer (Avinu Malkeinu) and 'Burying Chances'. The album ends with a singalong version of crowd favourite 'This Old Love'. Autumn Flow was also nominated for two other ARIA awards at the 2006 ARIA Music Awards: Best Independent release and Best Blues and Roots Album.

In 2008, Lior toured extensively, both in his home country of Australia and abroad including feature performances at the Edinburgh Festival. In early 2009, he performed with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra for a series of outdoor concerts.

In 2009, Lior launched the Shadows and Light tour, a collaboration with renowned shadow artists Stephen Mushin and Anna Parry; the Shadows and Light concerts are an interactive performance combining Lior's music with live shadow art performance and featured a season at the Sydney Opera House.[15]

In September 2013, Lior premiered Compassion at the Sydney Opera House. "Compassion" is an orchestral song cycle for voice and orchestra consisting of original melodies and orchestration set to ancient texts in Hebrew and Arabic, all centred around the wisdom of compassion. Lior co wrote and performed "Compassion" in collaboration with composer / conductor Nigel Westlake.[16][17][18][19]

In 2014, Lior and Nigel Westlake performed "Compassion" with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Western Australia Symphony Orchestra as well as the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. In 2016, Lior premiered "Compassion" in the US with the Austin Symphony Orchestra conducted by Peter Bay; the performance went on to win the Austin Table Critics' Award for 'Best Symphonic Performance of 2015-16'. In 2016 Lior also won the Melbourne Music Prize Civic Choice Award for "Compassion".

In 2016 Lior played the part of Motel Kamzoil in Fiddler on the Roof at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre, which premiered in December 2015.[20] In 2016, Lior worked with producer Tony Buchen to write an orchestral score for The Wider Earth, a Queensland theatre production based on Charles Darwin's journey on HMS Beagle;[21][22][23] the score won the debut Matilda Theatre Award for 'Best Original Theatre Score' in 2016.

Throughout 2018 Lior toured with Australian pianist and composer Paul Grabowsky in performing a collection of Lior's songs adapted and reinterpreted for piano and voice. In 2019 Lior featured as the guest vocalist for the Australian Chamber Orchestra's 'Luminous' tour which toured nationally in Australia as well as performances in the Barbican in London.[citation needed]


In 2012, Lior was listed as a supporter of the Oscar's Law campaign which protests against the factory farming of companion animals, he also works with the Cambodian Children's Trust and the Global Poverty Project.[24]

In 2017 Lior co-wrote and recorded a children's charity album for the HUSH Foundation. Created for the dual purpose of raising funds for the children's hospital as well as making original music to be played in the wards, the album - 'A Piece of Quiet' - featured original music written to lyrics written by the children in the hospital wards; the album was nominated for an ARIA for 'Best Children's Album' in 2017.[citation needed]


Studio albums
Collaboration Albums
Compilation Albums
  • 3-2-1 (2011) (European release)
Live albums
  • Doorways of My Mind (2006)


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  2. ^ Iaccarino, Clara (7 November 2005). "Lior happy to go with the Flow". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 20 September 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  3. ^ Dow, Steve (7 September 2009). "Blend it like Bedouin". Archived from the original on 3 November 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  4. ^ Sams, Christine (26 September 2005). "Softly, softly approach". The Sun-Herald. Archived from the original on 12 March 2014.
  5. ^ Mathieson, Craig (9 February 2013). "Songs in the key of co-operation". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 3 August 2015.
  6. ^ Brown, Simon Leo (30 June 2015). "Giggle and Hoot lullaby 'the most popular song I've ever written' says Lior". Australian Broadcasting Commission. Archived from the original on 3 August 2015.
  7. ^ Duell, Chris (14 September 2005). "Lior 3 ARIA Nominations". LoudnLocal. LoudnLocal. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
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  9. ^ "The J Award – 2005". triple j – The J Award. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2005. Archived from the original on 1 August 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  10. ^ Barnes, Candice (13 July 2015). "Lior looks back on Autumn Flow for Aussie anniversary tour". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  11. ^ Emerging artists dominate 2008 ARIA Award nominations (PDF), September 2008, archived from the original (PDF) on 3 February 2014
  12. ^ Kingsmill, Kate (25 January 2014). "Expansion of Lior's horizon". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 3 August 2015.
  13. ^ "Lior Hoot's Lullaby". TuneGenie. MusicToGo. 2009–2010. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  14. ^ 2012 Winners, Australasian Performing Right Association, 2012, archived from the original on 14 April 2014
  15. ^ BWW News Desk (30 June 2009). "Sydney Theatre Co Announces Lior Shadows & Light at Wharf 1 9/9-9/10". Wisdom Digital Media. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  16. ^ "LIOR & WESTLAKE: SONGS WITH ORCHESTRA". Sydney Opera House. Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  17. ^ "Songs with Orchestra". The Sydney Symphony. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  18. ^ Christopher, Lissa (31 August 2013). "Songs of sorrow and hope". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 5 September 2013.
  19. ^ Cunningham, Harriet (9 September 2013). "Showing their measure with sound of compassion". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 3 August 2015.
  20. ^ "Fiddler on the Roof lures folk singer-songwriter Lior to musical stage". The Australian. 29 December 2015.
  21. ^ Cooper, Nathanael (9 April 2016). "Puppets, Lior, Charles Darwin come together for theatre". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 16 August 2016.
  22. ^ Steller, Megan (12 April 2016). "Darwin's journey of discovery brought to life with puppets". Limelight Magazine. Archived from the original on 16 August 2016.
  23. ^ Ritchie, Emily (14 July 2016). "Where Beagle dares: The Wider Earth depicts a young Darwin". The Australian. News Corp Australia.
  24. ^ Picken, Matthew (23 October 2015). "Matt Chats With Lior". Colosoul. Archived from the original on 7 March 2016.

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